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Marcus Baram

Ex-Credit Suisse Traders To Be Charged Over Subprime Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

Federal prosecutors are expected to charge four former Credit Suisse brokers with criminal fraud for misleading investors by inflating the value of su...

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SEC Probes Deutsche Bank's 'Crap' CDOs

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission investigates a Wall Street behemoth over claims that it assembled and sold a package of subprime mortgage-backe...

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EPA Drops Tough New Lead Paint Rule In Face Of Industry Opposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you're not a regular reader of Professional Door Dealer magazine, you may have been unaware of the lobbying battle over a proposal to toughen lead ...

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While Prosecutors Nail Banks Over Offshore Tax Abuses, Lobbyists Push To Delay New IRS Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

Today's news that Credit Suisse is being probed by the Department of Justice as part of a wider probe into foreign banks suspected of aiding tax evasi...

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How To Keep Air Traffic Controllers From Sleeping On The Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

After several well-publicized reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep in recent months, the Federal Aviation Administration and the controll...

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Safety Concerns Raised Over Deal To Allow Mexican Trucks On U.S. Highways

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

Under an agreement quietly signed in Mexico City today, Mexican trucks will be able to transport goods on U.S. highways in return for Mexico's decisio...

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House Committee Wants To Drop Proposal To Expand Offshore Drilling Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green

House Republicans want to drop one of the key components of the Interior Department's overhaul of the troubled agency responsible for oversight of off...

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Foxes Guarding The Henhouse? Auditors Criticize Self-Regulation Of Hedge Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

Allowing the hedge fund and private equity fund industry to regulate itself might not be very effective, according to a new Government Accountability ...

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Inspector General Says SEC Routinely Exempts Companies From Rules Without Adequate Follow-up

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business

Companies are routinely exempted from the Securities and Exchange Commission's panoply of rules and regulations, as long as they meet certain conditio...

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Boeing Charged Pentagon $71 For Pin That Costs 4 Cents

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

Despite bipartisan outrage over Pentagon spending in the 1980s -- remember the $600 toilet seat? -- such contracting abuses continue to take place. ...

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SEC's Request For Budget Increase Denied Despite Expanded Duties

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission, which has been given expanded responsibilities as part of financial regulatory reform, lost out in its latest ...

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SEC Delays Yet Another Rule, Exempts Small Hedge Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business

Another week, another Dodd-Frank proposed rule gets delayed and watered down. The Securities and Exchange Commission approved on Wednesday new rule...

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The Bankers Who Cried Wolf

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Coming from all over the country, hundreds of investment bankers from financial powerhouses like J.P. Morgan gathered for dinner at the Wa...

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The Wake-Up Call: Small-Town Mayor Claims Funding For Firehouse Held Up By Opposition To Mining

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

Paging Hollywood screenwriters: The drama unfolding in Lynch, Ky., has all the makings of a big-screen hits like "Erin Brockovich" or "Silkwood," wher...

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One Year After Dodd-Frank, More Rules Get Delayed Or Weakened

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business

One year after the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, key regulators keep delaying or watering down new rules and regulations. On Tuesd...

Opponents Of EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation Dominate TV News Coverage

Posted 08.07.2011 | Green

• More than three-quarters of U.S. television news guests discussing Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases between December...

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The Wake-Up Call: House GOP Seeks Big Cuts To FDA, Food Safety Inspectors

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

• A House GOP proposal is seeking $285 million in cuts to the Food and Drug Administration, an 11 percent reduction from FY 2011, just as the agency...

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Rats On A Plane: Delta Warned About Rodents

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...